Thursday Things

1. After seven faithful years, I finally retired my laptop last weekend. I knew, of course, that my laptop wouldn’t last forever, and for most of this year working from home has been more of a hassle than a convenience. It got to the point where I just could not handle my computer’s molasses-like speed anymore, so I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a new laptop on Saturday.



I had no idea how behind I was. I seriously felt like Rip Van Winkle waking up 20 years in the future once I got my new MacBook set up. I still had a white MacBook–remember those?–so my machine was old. as. dirt. I was running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), which is four operating systems ago, five if you count El Capitan (which I’m not, since it’s not in full release yet). I was running OS X 10.6 because my poor MacBook was physically incapable of running anything more recent than that. All of my apps were wildly outdated–I couldn’t use Safari on my MacBook anymore because the version of Safari I used was no longer supported by most websites (YouTube, Pinterest, Yahoo, etc.), and I couldn’t update my Safari because my operating system couldn’t handle a more recent version. In fact, my old MacBook just stopped updating its software entirely…probably at least a year and a half ago. Long enough ago that I truly can’t remember when I was last prompted to update my software on my old MacBook. When I started using my new MacBook and it prompted me to update a few of the apps, I was confused as to why that was happening before I remembered, “Oh, right. This used to happen on my old computer all the time. Oh my gosh, when did this stop happening on my old computer?!”

In 2012, my brother petitioned my parents to move us off TracFone onto Verizon and, in the process, get us all iPhones. When that was all going down, I remember being interested in the idea of an iPhone, but not at all understanding why on earth I’d ever need an iPhone. I barely called or texted anyone, and my TracFone was serving my needs just fine. Then I got an iPhone, and I was all, “Ohhhhh. So THIS is what I’ve been missing out on!” That’s pretty much exactly how I feel about my new MacBook. I can do so many things now! I can access the Internet via Wi-Fi! (I could, officially, do this with my old computer, but not without much struggling). I can run more than one program at a time! I don’t have to upload my photos from my phone to my computer, or sync my calendar, or my music, or anything: they all talk to each other and do all the leg work for me! I can send iMessages from my computer (my old MacBook couldn’t support anything beyond iChat. Does anyone remember iChat? Did anyone ever use iChat?). When my phone rings, so does my computer. It’s MAGIC. AND, to top it all off, Best Buy has all their MacBooks marked down by $100 right now, so not only did I get a new computer, but I got it for cheap! (ish. As cheap as one can hope to get a MacBook, that is. Cheaper than my 2008 MacBook).

Between this new computer, my bistro set, and the fact that I found repairing a few chips in the drywall in my apartment with spackle to be a wildly enjoyable experience, I think I’ve earned approximately 2,500 adulthood points over the past couple of weeks. This is why I had to go to Lolla on Sunday: to prove that, despite outward appearances, I am not actually a grown up.

2. Speaking of not being a grown up, I was much dismayed on Wednesday morning to find we had no clean bowls in my apartment. I got up late Wednesday morning and thus only had time for cereal for breakfast, so a bowl was non-negotiable. To remedy this situation, I did what any rational, resourceful individual would do:


Mixing bowl. Problem solved.

What you don’t see in this picture is the wine glass I’ve been drinking my morning orange juice out of every day for the past…month? Six weeks? I’ve lost count at this point. While this may sound classy (or alcoholic) in theory, the only reason I’m actually doing this is because one of my roommates did something to my beloved Crate & Barrel orange juice glass (a cute little class with orange “O’s” painted on it. I don’t know what happened to it. All I know is that it was on the drying rack one day, and then it was gone, and it hasn’t reappeared since.), and I haven’t taken the time to go into my box of dishes to find a replacement, even though this would be, at most, a five minute task.

I’m an embarrassment.

3. Any ornithologists out there? I need some help identifying this bird.


I was near the lakefront on Wednesday, and on my way to the CTA I saw this bird by the Chicago History Museum. I have no idea what it is, and I’m really curious! It kind of looks like a heron, I think, but its legs are much shorter than a heron’s. Unless maybe it’s a baby? Or, more likely, a teenager?


Regardless of what kind of bird it is, I was SO excited to see something like this in the city! Granted, I was in Lincoln Park and close to the water, so I guess it’s not all that surprising that I saw a bird like this in that area. But man, seeing bunnies and squirrels in the city excites me. I lose my mind when I see a cardinal. To see a bird like this…well! I don’t think there’s much more you can ask for in terms of critters in the city. Except, perhaps, knowing what kind of critter it is.

What kind of bird did I see??
Do you upgrade your technology often? I am all about downloading the newest software and updates the second it becomes available, but when it comes to actual products, I am SO SLOW on the draw. I also hate spending large amounts of money on one thing (okay, fine, I hate spending money pretty much always, period), so that may have something to do with it 😛

22 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I bought a “new” macbook this spring! I actually bought an older version because I wanted the disk drive to be attached like the old school style, and not have to plug it in whenever I was burning a cd. Which I don’t do that often…but still. I kind of wish I had gone for the newest, but oh well. Mine wasn’t quite as old as yours, but I was out of space, so it was a necessary upgrade, and one that I knew was coming.

    • I was *thisclose* to buying that MacBook, too. I’m still totally a CD/DVD person, so not having an external drive is a bit of an inconvenience. I was worried that that one was such an old model it would stop being able to update soon, so I ended up going with the Air instead. We’ll see how I feel about the Air the next time I want to watch a DVD in bed and don’t have a drive to put it in haha.

  2. Haha I’m right there with you on technology. I was using the black MacBook (and still use it) and my boyfriend NEVER stops complaining about how slow it is. But whatever. I’m cheap. It works. So what’s the problem. Well in April I started a new job and we were all provided new MacBook Airs in the chance we needed to work from home/can use multiple screens at work…. SAME EXACT THING. I was like this computer is MAGIC. So fast. So clear. And it doesn’t randomly freeze…. WHO KNEW?! Haha.

    • Right?? I know the black MacBooks were like the higher end version of my white MacBook, so we’re probably in pretty similar situations. It is SO NICE to have a computer that *actually* functions, as opposed to one that kinda sorta functioned when it felt like functioning. Hahaha.

  3. I remember when I got my macbook 5-6 years ago (holy cow that was a long time ago) and I had never had a mac before so it was like a whole new world. Then when I got an iPhone and everything synched together I was in awe. Except then I broke the iMessage part so I can’t text from my computer/iPad anymore for some reason and never bothered to fix it. But basically, macs rule the world. It’s going to hurt the day I need to buy a new one, but the way I see it, I never ever ever use mine anymore because I have my own work laptop, so it won’t be happening for a very long time.

  4. Congrats on the new computer!!!! We upgrade pretty often, but we still wait until something is not functioning well to do it, so when we DO upgrade, it’s SUCH an upgrade! We bought a new laptop in February and I am loving it! 🙂

    You can upload a pic here to identify a bird but I haven’t been able to get it to work for me!

    • Thank you for that link! It worked for me! It couldn’t come to a conclusion with the first picture I posted, but it did with the second one! Well, I used a Google Image search to confirm what it told me, but it was right: I apparently saw an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron. I had never even heard of them before, but apparently they’re fairly common birds, and, according to a bird watching map I found, two were spotted at the Chicago History Museum three weeks ago! Mystery solved!

  5. Woo hoo, congratulations on the new computer!!! Isn’t it the best feeling to have all the new operating speed? Productivity goes up about 5,000% immediately. =)

    LOL on the mixing bowl and the wine glass for breakfast needs. When I was in college, a friend once used a measuring cup to drink his beer since he had no other clean mugs. But he certainly didn’t use the measuring lines on that cup! =)

    • SERIOUSLY. I literally have twice as much RAM as I used to have, and it is a night and day difference.

      I totally felt like such a college student eating my cereal out of the mixing bowl. It felt like a very college thing to do. Reclaiming my youth hahaha 😛

      By the way – still having commenting troubles on your blog 😦 I got it to work whenever the last time I commented was, but ever since then I’ve gotten stuck in the same weird “preview but never post” loop. I’m reading, just unable to comment!

      • That is so weird about the commenting bug! Thanks for letting me know. I think you follow Irina’s blog, yes? I believe she uses WordPress also. When she comments on my blog she does so under the “Anonymous” label, but then she signs it with her name so I know that it is her. I wonder if this is because she has the same issue as you? In any event – thanks for still reading. =)

  6. Oh I bet you are having SO much fun playing with your new computer. I remember when I first started college I wanted a MacBook sooo bad and my dad wouldn’t let me spend all of my graduation money on it so therefore I ended up with a PC that broke a year later. Needless to say I replaced it with a Mac 😉 I’m really upset for you that your OJ glass is missing, it sounds adorable!

    • I was totally going to get a PC when I started college, since that was all I had ever used up to that point, but we had a Facebook group for incoming freshman at my school, and everyone was telling me to get a MacBook, so I did. Holy smokes. I owe all of them a big thank you haha. I think everyone I knew who had a PC had to replace their laptop at least once during college, and mine lasted three full years past college. Hooray Macs!

  7. I have a MacBook Pro that I bought 3-4 years ago and LOVE it!!! I also have a PC my sister uses it more than I do. Plus, I have a PC at school too. Do you think I have enough computers? I am thinking that I might get a new one in a few years but want one with a disk drive attached to it too. It is funny you mention iChat because honestly I’ve never used it. Didn’t even know what it was for.

    • I think iChat was supposed to be kind of like an aggregator for all of your IM-ing accounts, but by the time I got a MacBook, no one was really using IM any more (or at least, people certainly weren’t using AIM, which was the only IM account I had), so it wasn’t much use to me. iMessage, on the other hand, is much more useful!

  8. I keep telling people that my Mac is smarter than me. It does so many things that I’m not entirely sure I asked it to do! Still getting used to being an all Apple person….

    I eat my oatmeal out of a serving bowl every day. Why? Because I microwave it and in a regular sized bowl it just overflows. But in a serving bowl? It’s perfect. I used a mixing bowl on vacation because they didn’t have the right sized serving bowl 🙂

    • Haha right?! It’s like my computer knows more about me and my devices than I know about myself and my devices! Happy to hear you’ve come over to the better side of technology, though 🙂

      That’s actually a genius idea to make your oatmeal in a serving bowl. I used to microwave my oatmeal all the time (then I made the mistake of making it on the stovetop a couple of times, realized I liked it that way much better, and now there’s no going back 😛 ), and I always had to keep a really close eye on it to make sure it didn’t overflow. If I ever start microwaving my oatmeal again, I’m DEFINITELY going to try that!

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